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Our Kindergarten program encourages students to learn by doing. In a carefully balanced design, this important transition from Early Childhood classrooms combines structured play and social emotional learning with building basic foundational academic skills. A visit to our Kindergarten classroom will find you building a model city, developing fine and gross motor skills and learning how to problem solve with peers. There are many opportunities to explore, imagine and create. Through open-ended discovery, project work and group discussion, students work together to answer essential questions of our Humanities plan and begin to appreciate their impact on their community and the larger world. We believe that establishing positive attitudes toward learning is critical in these early years, and our teachers embrace a growth mindset, encouraging effort, improvement, and persistence.

Kindergarten Humanities Inquiry

Kindergarten Literacy

A carefully crafted sentence can be persuasive, inspiring, and full of resonance. At IANY, we cultivate a love of reading and an appreciation of the written word, for we value the ways in which both fiction and nonfiction nourish curiosity and foster imagination. For us, writing remains a key form of communication, an important element to self-discovery, and central to the development of intellect. Students develop listening and speaking skills in Language Arts, and across all disciplines, to provide a strong foundation for future academic pursuits, as well as their personal growth and interpersonal relationships.

  • Develop phonemic awareness by matching and manipulating sounds
  • Write letters and solidify sound/symbol correspondence
  • Begin to recognize basic sight words and decode simple word families
  • Browse developmentally appropriate books, reading by words or pictures
  • Listen to and discuss a variety of texts to develop comprehension and vocabulary
  • Dictate, illustrate and use invented spelling to create stories and journal entries
  • Feel comfortable in an immersion language setting classroom.
  • Follow multiple directions related to daily routines.
  • Use Chinese to express ideas and feelings.
  • Use Chinese to present the calendar and discuss weather at morning meeting.
  • Recognize and use Pinyin system (Chinese phonetic transcription).
  • Start to write Chinese characters.
  • Recognize basic shapes: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, star, and heart.
  • Recognize numbers 1-20.
  • Count to 50.
  • Follow directions related to daily routines.
  • Use Spanish to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Identify all upper and lower case letters.
  • Develop letter-sound correspondence.
  • Be able to write and read familiar vocabulary.
  • Recognize basic syllables in words.
  • Recognize numbers 1-20 (label and 1:1 correspondence).
  • Count to 50.
  • Tell stories about their life experiences via visual art, illuminating them to identify and interpret the possible purposes of an artwork.
  • Explore and creatively play with materials, tools, and equipment.
  • Develop skill in a variety of media.
  • Develop abilities to create and communicate through art that represents natural and constructed environments.
  • Play musical games using imagination
  • Use emotion to describe music.
  • Play percussive instruments with each other.
  • Discuss music using descriptive words.
  • Know the simple classification of musical instruments.
  • Perform in front of an audience using movement or voice.
  • Continue to love music.